US Veteran's Records at VA Intentionally Destroyed

May 09, 2015



Disclaimer: This list is NOT all inclusive. US Special Operations have dozens of firearms at their disposal. This list is just a sampling and is arranged in NO particular order.

     FN SCAR

The Special Operations Forces Combat Assault Rifle (SCAR) is a modular rifle made by FN Herstal (FNH) for the United States Special Operations Command (SOCOM) to satisfy the requirements of the SCAR competition. This family of rifles consist of two main types. The SCAR-L, for "light", is chambered in the 5.56×45mm NATO cartridge and the SCAR-H, for "heavy", fires 7.62×51mm NATO. Both are available in Long Barrel and Close Quarters Combat variants.

10 Guns of the Special Forces

10 Guns of the Special Forces

10 Guns of the Special Forces

Pictured Above: FN MK 20 MOD 0 Sniper Support Rifle (SSR)
Cartridge
  • 5.56×45mm NATO(SCAR-L)
  • 7.62×51mm NATO(SCAR-H)
Action Gas-operated (short-stroke gas piston), rotating bolt
Rate of fire 625 rounds/min
Muzzle velocity
  • SCAR-L: 2,870 ft/s (870 m/s) (M855)
  • SCAR-L: 2,630 ft/s (800 m/s) (Mk 262)
  • SCAR-H: 2,342 ft/s (714 m/s) (M80)
Effective firing range
  • SCAR-L: 300 m (330 yd) (Short), 500 m (550 yd) (Standard), 600 m (660 yd) (Long)
  • SCAR-H: 300 m (330 yd) (Short), 600 m (660 yd) (Standard), 800 m (870 yd) (Long)
Feed system
  • SCAR-L: STANAG box magazine
  • SCAR-H/SSR: 20-round box magazine
Sights Iron sights or various optics

FULL FN SCAR SPECS HERE

 

  Words by Warrior Actual.

Two student employees of the National Personnel Records Center in St. Louis Missouri plead guilty to destroying and misfiling over 1800 U.S. veteran’s personnel records.  Lonnie Halkmon has already been sentenced to two years probation and 40 hours of community service.  Stanley Engram, 21, who will be sentenced on February 7th could be sentenced anywhere from probation to up to six months in prison for the misdemeanor charge.

 

Among the charges Engram admitted to were abandoning files in the center and disposing of records in the trash at his home.  Also he discarded records in a nearby wooded area.  Overall he claims he either misfiled, intentionally misplaced or destroyed over 1000 records. 

Halkmon, on the other hand, denied that any records were destroyed or intentionally stashed, he simply lacked proper training and that lead to the misfiling and loss of the records in question.  It was concluded later through a tribunal handling the separate issue of Halkmon’s unemployment benefits, that these claims were not accurate.  The lawyer representing Halkmon wanted to express the employee’s remorse for the misplacement of the records and reiterate that none of them had been destroyed or disposed of.  Halkmon, an employee since 2005, made the decision to resign rather than be fired.

 

As a result of this incident, an audit of all the personnel records assigned to each individual employee in 2011 and 2012 was made.  The audit encompassed over 40 employees, most of which had a less than 3% rate of error.  Halkmon, however, had over 1200 records assigned to him and 850 of those were unaccounted for.  It was discovered that four additional workers had abnormally high rates of error and were given the choice to either resign or be terminated.  Employees claimed that due to the high requirements to receive incentive bonuses, records were often stashed or misfiled in order to show higher productivity rates. 

The most concerning issue regarding abandoned and misplaced files is the fact that the files contained names and social security numbers of the personnel creating a great identity security threat,  not to mention, the difficulty it could cause veterans who count on their files to be in order to receive benefits.  The National Personnel Records Center holds over 100 million records dating back as early as the 1800s with approximately 57 million being those of military personnel.